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Nottingham's arts venues respond to the government's emergency funding announcement

Wed 8th Jul 2020

by Creative Quarter

After the government announced a £1.57 billion rescue package for the culture sector, Nottingham's venues respond.

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“We welcome the news. Our building is wrapped in cotton wool at present but still has mounting costs to keep it that way. Without support we will go under and soon. Grassroots venues like Peggy's support emerging as well as established artists to practise their craft in front of a receptive audience. We hope that the grant will help us save what we've worked so hard to achieve. We are now waiting to hear of how those funds will be allocated with baited breath.”

“We are delighted that independent cinemas which play a vital cultural role across the country are named as one part of the UK’s Arts industry which will be receiving some of the support announced by Government. During this period of closure, we have been working closely with colleagues at the British Film Institute (BFI) to provide a frank assessment of the financial implications and the costs associated with operating within the context of a global pandemic and we are extremely grateful to the DCMS and Treasury who has listened and responded to the concerns of the sector, in which, Broadway plays a major role within the region.”

“Any help the government can give the creative industries at this time of crisis is to be welcomed. However, the question is, given that the £1.5 billion is to be spread across the theatre, concert hall, art gallery and museum sectors, how will it be targeted and how effective might it be in ensuring the survival of these beleaguered organisations? In the case of Nottingham Arts Theatre, which is an independent organisation run by a charity that receives no public subsidy, I will be interested to discover whether we will be considered eligible to apply for any of this new government funding.”

“The additional funding announced for the sector may well be a vital lifeline. Time will tell what the impact of the virus will have long term and whether the funds will be enough for the survival of what is an important fabric of our society.”

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